Dear GALA Steering Committee & Membership:
April proved to be a busy month at the Office of LGBT Life as we prepared to wrap up the semester. The Office engaged with Emory community members in multiple events, particularly networking and visibility events.
The month began with the commemoration of Trans Day of Visibility, which was on March 31. On the day of TDOV, the Office set up a table in the DUC’s Coke Commons and offered free Coke floats. The table included information about recent anti-transgender bathroom laws across the nation, including a guide to contacting legislators about anti-trans legislation. It also included resource handouts for both trans and non-trans people, pro-trans buttons, and a “support board” on which participants were encouraged to write positive messages to the trans community at Emory. This event was followed by a film screening of Gunhill Road on April 4, which was sponsored by the Student Programming Council for Dooley’s Week.
On March 31, the Office also hosted its annual event Out in Law. The event provided networking opportunities to the LGBT community associated with the Law School. Out in Law was cosponsored by OUTLaw and the Stonewall Association this year.
The Office wrapped up the semester by hosting its second annual Out @ Emory event on April 22. The event took place in the Office, where participants were provided with free food and drink. We included a map of Emory and encouraged participants to place a colored star sticker on the map indicating where they work, study or live. We also continued to hand out Out @ Emory t-shirts left over from last year’s Out @ Emory event.
The semester has proved to be eventful and successful, and we look forward to planning for the next semester this summer!
Danielle M. Steele